Two Franklin Detectives honored at CPIT Picnic

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The Child Protective Investigative Team (CPIT) is a multi-disciplinary group of people who work together to investigate child abuse. Organizations that make up this team include law enforcement, The Davis House, The Department of Children’s Services, Williamson County Juvenile Court, the District Attorney’s office, and Our Kids.

Two Franklin Police Detectives were honored for their work with the team, last night, at a CPIT Awards Picnic: Detective Sergio Guerra and Detective Becky Porter (Ret.).

Detective Guerra has committed the last seven years of his career to helping abused children and their families through some of the toughest times in their lives. His colleagues commend Det. Guerra for holding offenders highly accountable while helping victims and their families through the deliberate and painful recovery process.

Detective Porter worked for more than 30 years in law enforcement, dedicating 20 of those years to child abuse investigations. She’s left a lasting impact on both child abuse investigators and affected families in our community. Last night, the Child Protective Investigative Team announced the naming of their new conference room as the “Becky Porter Conference Room,” in recognition of Det. Porter’s service and legacy.

The Franklin Police Department recognizes the service and sacrifice of those who protect our community’s kids, especially the most recent honorees: Franklin Police Detectives Guerra and Porter.

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Now Hiring: Franklin PD Seeking Qualified, POST Certified Police Officers

Now through April 19, the FPD is accepting applications from P.O.S.T. certified officers from across the U.S. who would like to join the force.  

  • Testing & interviews held May 3, 2021
  • $50k salary at conclusion of probationary period ($47,507 to start);
  • Take-home car program
  • 4-day work week
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Vacation & sick leave, paid personal days, and 10 additional paid holidays
  • Annual uniform & equipment allowance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits

Education and Experience:
The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of an Associate’s Degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education & experience.

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Franklin Police wishes everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day but please be safe and don’t drink and drive

An increased number of Franklin Police Officers will be hitting the streets tonight to help protect you through the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.  Officers are working overtime to focus on impaired, distracted, and dangerous drivers.  Alcohol will be served at many of the bars and celebration parties.  If you plan to drink, be sure that a designated driver is part of your plan as well.  Franklin Police want you to know, If you drive impaired – you will be arrested, you will go to jail.

Booze It & Lose It

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FPD bids farewell to long-time employee, Mary Casteel

Today the Department bids farewell to a long-time employee and friend, Mary Casteel.

Mary began her career with the Franklin Police Department as an Emergency Dispatcher in 2006, before transitioning into her current role as a Communications Support Specialist. Today is her last day on the job.

Mrs. Mary Casteel was born and raised in Toledo. Before joining the FPD, she served for eight years in the U.S. Navy in an administrative role and as a Gunner’s Mate. Mary plans to visit friends and family while grieving the recent loss of her beloved husband, Larry. One of the things she is looking most forward to is spending more quality time with her 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

“Mrs. Casteel has been a valued member of the Franklin Police Department for many years,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “She will be greatly missed, but we all wish her the best in her retirement.” 

“I’ve loved being a part of the FPD family and the opportunities I’ve been given,” said Mary Casteel. “It’s been an incredible honor to help citizens by talking them through some of the scariest moments of their lives over the telephone, and to work with this special team of public safety professionals. I will truly miss being with my Franklin Police Department family every day.”  

COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, AND CITIZENS CAN LEAVE THEIR SENTIMENTS AND WELL-WISHES FOR Mary Casteel BY POSTING THEM IN OUR LEAVE-a-REPLY FIELD.
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Now Hiring: Franklin PD Seeking Qualified, POST Certified Police Officers

Now through February 15, the FPD is accepting applications from P.O.S.T. certified officers from across the U.S. who would like to join the force.  

  • Testing & interviews held February 22, 2021
  • $50k salary at conclusion of probationary period ($47,507 to start);
  • Take-home car program
  • 4-day work week
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Vacation & sick leave, paid personal days, and 10 additional paid holidays
  • Annual uniform & equipment allowance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits

Education and Experience:
The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of an Associate’s Degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education & experience.

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Franklin Police Department Receives State Accreditation

After an in-depth examination of its policies, processes, and professionalism, the Franklin Police Department received its Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation at the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police meeting, Wednesday. The accreditation follows an exhaustive review of the Department to ensure it is operating at a level that meets or exceeds the high standards of the accrediting body.

The Franklin Police Department is among 61 Tennessee police agencies that have attained this prestigious designation. The Department has been Internationally Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 2001.

Chief Deborah Faulkner said, “Our commitment to improvement is continual. We are always striving to serve Franklin with Excellence by meeting and exceeding national best practices in law enforcement. Our community deserves that.”

Last week, the Franklin Police Department received Presidential Certification pursuant to Executive Order 13929, certifying that the Department’s Use of Force Policy meets or exceeds the recommendations of the United States Department of Justice.

“I applaud the FPD team on their commitment to serving our community at the highest level possible,” said City Administrator Eric Stuckey. “Their commitment to serving Franklin and protecting our citizens is tireless and appreciated.”

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Franklin Police now hiring school crossing guards

School Patrol PromoThe Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Crossing Guard.

School Patrol team members work part-time hours and are responsible for pedestrian safety & efficient traffic flow in school zones.

The ideal applicant is assertive, tactful, and able to work in varying weather conditions.

Starting pay is $18.85/hour 

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Franklin Police Lieutenant celebrated for 29 years of service; Lt. John Lawrence retires today

 

Lt. John Lawrence began his career with the Franklin Police Department February 3, 1992. Prior to achieving the rank of Lieutenant, Lawrence has enjoyed serving the Department and Franklin community as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Team member and commander, and Patrol Sergeant. His most recent assignments include Chief Firearms Instructor and Rangemaster.

Lt. Lawrence grew up in Arkansas before joining the Army, where he served as an Infantryman, in the 101st and Korea. Lawrence continued his service to America in The National Guard and Army Reserve for 21 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant.

Lt. Lawrence has degrees from Arkansas State University and MTSU. He is also a Class 252 graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.

“Lt. Lawrence has served both his country and the City of Franklin,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He accomplished so much as a member of the FPD. I am grateful for him and wish him the best in his retirement.”

John’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department over the past 29 years have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by his Franklin PD family.

Colleagues, friends & citizens can leave their sentiments and well-wishes for Lt. Lawrence by posting them in our Leave a Reply field, below. 

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Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Ed Baynes retires at Christmas

Officer Ed Baynes began his 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1995 as an Emergency Dispatcher. Quickly falling in love with serving others in crisis, he soon transferred to the Patrol Division as a full-time Franklin Police Officer and has enjoyed serving the Franklin community ever since!

In addition to his current assignment to the Department’s Field Operations Division, Baynes was instrumental, as a Field Training Officer, in training dozens of new Franklin Police Officers. “I intentionally stayed in patrol for my entire career because that’s where I’ve loved serving,” said Baynes. “Wearing a uniform and driving a police car every day gave me an incredible opportunity to interact with some amazing citizens whom it’s been a distinct honor to serve.” 

“Officer Baynes has dedicated his life to protecting the people of Franklin,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “His professionalism and caring attitude inspired all of us. We wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Officer Baynes has called the Franklin area home since he was 13. He looks forward to spending more time with family and working with his church. Ed’s contributions to the Franklin Police Department over the past 25 years have been immeasurable, and he will be greatly missed by his Franklin PD family.

Colleagues, friends & citizens can leave their sentiments and well-wishes for Officer baynes by posting them in our Leave a Reply field, below. 

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